Big companies such as Apple often have big legal problems, that is why they have big lawyers and legal experts on their payroll. A new class action lawsuit has been brought against Apple by a woman based in Florida called Debra Hilton, who claims that Apple continued to sell the iPhone 4 despite knowing that there was a flaw with the iPhone 4’s power button which caused it to fail after being used for over a year, roughly after the warranty expiration period.
It is said in the filing that the power button’s flex cable deteriorates over time which makes it difficult to press the button. After being used for a certain amount of time, this component completely gives away, leaving the power button essentially useless. Debra’s complaint is backed up with “hundreds” of customer complaints made in Apple Support Community forums. Apple is accused of committing wire and mail fraud as it failed to disclose this alleged flaw in its advertisements and promotional campaigns. Obviously Debra is seeking damages, to the tune of $5 million in this case. I’m no lawyer, but I don’t think Apple is just going to roll over and fork out the money. It’ll be interesting to see how this case plays out in court.